El Salvador considers world-first mining ban

El Salvador could become the first country to ban mining for precious metals in order to protect freshwater supplies

Around 90% of surface water in the country is already contaminated, largely due to agricultural runoff and lack of sewage treatment.

El Salvador is the most densely populated country in Central America and a fifth of its rural population lacks access to safe drinking water, according to the World Bank.

In July 2012 government tests on the San Sebastián river – where the US-based Commerce Group ran a gold-mining operation until 1999 – showed nine times the accepted levels of cyanide and 1,000 times the accepted levels of iron.

There are currently no active metal-mining operations in El Salvador, five years after then-president Antonio Saca, following strong public pressure, said he would not issue new permits.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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